The Main or Sermon Nave

Blick in die Kuppel The majestic display of the Sermon Nave casts a spell on many visitors as they enter the church. The central space is bright and lofty. The rich decoration and various structural elements enhance this impression.

 

The octagonal space is framed by sandstone pillars fitted with pilasters. Crowning the pillars are figures of the four great reformers, Luther, Melanchthon, Zwingli, and Calvin. Across from them are princes: Landgrave Philip the Generous of Hesse, Elector Frederick the Wise of Saxony, Elector Joachim II of Brandenburg, and Duke Albert of Prussia.

Above the statues, reliefs illustrate events from the lives of the apostles: the stoning of Stephen, the conversion of the apostle Paul, Paul in Athens, and Peter and Paul healing the lame. The reliefs are the work of the artist Otto Lessing.

In the half-domes above the small galleries and the pulpit, the evangelists are portrayed in mosaics. These were created by the artist Woldemar Friedrich, who also decorated the ceiling above the organ gallery with splendid mosaic images.

 

 

Chancel

Blick-in-den-Altarraum-Auss.jpg Seven steps lead up to the magnificently decorated chancel. The stained glass of the three main windows depicts the Birth, Crucifixion, and Resurrection, and is the creation of artist Anton von Werner, who also designed the oval windows above them.

Most of the furnishings of the chancel originated in the previous Cathedral.

 

The altar, designed by Friedrich August Stüler, is made of white marble and onyx. Behind it stands the apostle wall, designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Originally bronze, this choir screen is now completely gilded and separates off the baptismal area. The space behind the apostle wall contains a white marble baptismal font by Christian Daniel Rauch and a small altar surrounded by woodcarvings, above which hangs a painting of the apostle Peter.

 

The pulpit is a marvelous work of oak woodcarving designed by Otto Raschdorff, the son and employee of the Cathedral’s architect. It bears the inscription, “The Word of the Lord is Eternal”.